Becca and Howie Corbett are a happily married couple whose perfect world is forever changed when their young son, Danny, is killed by a car. Becca, an executive-turned-stay-at-home mother, tries to redefine her existence in a surreal landscape of well-meaning family and friends. Painful, poignant, and often funny, Becca’s experiences lead her to find solace in a mysterious relationship with a troubled young comic-book artist, Jason – the teenage driver of the car that killed Danny, while Howie immerses himself in the past, seeking refuge in outsiders who offer him something Becca is unable to give. The Corbetts, both adrift, make surprising and dangerous choices as they choose a path that will determine their fate.
Sample Discussion Guide Questions:
Rabbit Hole is based on a renowned stage play by David Lyndsay Abaire, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. How do you imagine the stage play would differ from the film? In what ways would it be easier or harder for the director to elicit such strong emotions from the audience on the stage or on the screen?
The film walks a fine balance between melodrama and honest, truthful story-telling. In what ways did the filmmakers manage this fine balance?